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The Only Boy in the World: A Father Explores the Mysteries of Autism Paperback – 28 Jul 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co; Trade Pbk. Ed edition (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569242917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569242919
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,011,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

The Only Boy in the World is a memoir, an investigation into what makes us human, a study of aberration, and a love story. It's about all the odd ways journalist Michael Blastland's autistic son, Joe, has of seeing the world and understanding others, and what that tells the rest of us about how we also tick. Through the strange stories of Joe's scrapes and confusions, he makes luminous the routine skills by which the rest of us mostly avoid the disasters that befall him. The book strives to this understanding by combining Technicolor scenes from Joe's bizarre life, from the long catalog of his social accidents, with scientific and psychological understanding of how we normally relate to other people. Illuminating the emotional core of the book are the ways that Joe and his father relate through all the turbulence to one other.

About the Author

Michael Blastland has been a journalist for over twenty years. He is currently a radio producer and on-air presenter for the BBC's Radio 4, where his focus is the journalism of ideas. The father of two children, he lives in a small village in Hertfordshire, England.


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